How to Work More Efficiently to Meet Deadlines

Put your hand up if you have ever rushed to meet a deadline! Have you been putting off that important job? Could this be due to poor time management or a lack of efficiency? What you are about to read next are a few practical tips that may help solve this issue. In a few simple steps you could be well on your way to a more efficient workday!

Identify your distractions

We can all admit that social media is one of the leading cause of procrastination. You find yourself scrolling through your phone and all of a sudden, 2 hours have flown by… Unfortunately, as addictive as it is, social media is very distracting and can take us away from our priorities. A way to resolve this is to be mindful of your time spent on social media, and anything else that is a major distraction for you.

At the end of the day, only you know what takes your attention away from work. Social media is one of the biggest distractions these days, but everyone has their own kryptonite! Make note of what procrastination habits you may have and be mindful of these.

Limiting your distractions

Once you have identified what distracts you, next on the list is learning to limit these distractions! When our workload gets the better of us, it can be difficult to keep on top of it all. To combat this, you should give yourself realistic, short-term goals to accomplish. For example: ‘I am going to lock away my phone between the hours of 2pm – 3pm’ or ‘I am going to stay off Instagram until I finish this project’. Sometimes a bit of self-discipline is the best way to overcome a distraction. Small improvements throughout the day can eventually turn into habit.

Identify jobs that can be delegated

Sometimes, it’s impossible to meet some deadlines when you have a particularly busy week or month and you may need to ask for some help. Free up more of your time by asking a colleague to help you with a job or two, so that you can meet that all important deadline. Needless to say, this is only applicable if you are working in a team environment. If you work by yourself, see if there is a friend or family member that can help you out from time-to-time, it’s amazing how far a helping hand can go.

 

These are a few practical methods which may help you to be the most efficient at meeting deadlines. Incorporating these tips into your working day can go a long way to improving your efficiency long-term. You’ll be well on your way to more success!

While procrastination is a major blocker to efficiency, so too can be the environment that you work in. Read our latest blog on how your workspace can impact productivity. At Areaworks, we have created spaces that are designed to help creativity and productivity flourish. To view any of our spaces, you can book a tour and we can show you around.